===. Fundraising: Summary. ===. “This book is dedicated to all the founders who push the world forward“. Many founders are so desperate for funding that they join accelerators, relinquishing up to 7% of their companies. They may not realize it, but this creates as much dilution as an entire employee option pool or first round of capital! Accelerators surely offer benefits, but the primary draw is usually assistance in raising capital. I heard hundreds of no’s before I got my first yes and how I would never beat stripe. Fundraising correctly and building meaningful relationships with investors saves you a lot of time in the long run. The most important facet of fundraising is unflinching authenticity. Make sure any advice you receive resonates with you before you put it in the action. The Mindset: Confident & Kind. The Process: Momentum is Everything. The Aftermath. The Structure. The Pitch. Later Rounds. Health. Above all, believe in yourself and your company. If you have made it this far, you have something special, and if you play your cards right, investors will be lining up to join you.